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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Desserts @ ZenQ Desserts Lintas Square

Hello, I'm Cheeky, the eldest son of my mom.  My mom is the owner of this blog.  Today, she'll be featuring me & my experience here.  I will be telling the story of my maiden visit to ZenQ Desserts Lintas Square, a Taiwanese dessert house offering a diverse range of traditional  hand made desserts.  Yup, this is my 1st trip there, since it opened for business many-many moons ago.  Errr, please do not be mistaken of my moons imagining a very old shop ya, 'coz this dessert house is fairly new operating since year 2011.
From the main entrance, this place always looks full.  Hence, the reason why we never patron this place until now.  But b'coz dad was the one driving #likeaboss & the afternoon heat was fuming him up, we ended here tasting my first ZenQ dessert.  Whee!!.... I love discovering new places and stuff. 
As usual, the place looked full with aunties, uncles, jie-jie & gor-gor, cooling in the air-conditioned shop.  We have no place to sit.  But do not be deceive, for there are more seats situated behind the shop.  They've decorated the area with a green patio feel.  And guess what?? Shaded with ceiling fans to ease the heat!!  So, it wasn't as hot as what mom had anticipate.  If you know my mom, she's a "leceh" person, cannot too hot la, cannot too cold la, cannot without breeze la, cannot too windy later "kacau" her hair la, too heaty later make-up melts la, cannot be dirty la, etc.  Sigh, GIRLS!!
OK boh?
The pic turned greenish 'coz the shade on top of the building is of greenish hue.   
Dad usually does the ordering while mom pays, and here's what I got:
Shaved ice with mix fresh fruits @ RM8.90

Digging time!! Sharing my yums with my li'l brother, Manja.
Pretty soon, mom wasn't as uncomfortable anymore as we had our big bowl of icy cool dessert.  Dad was no longer fuming too for he finished his bowl of taro+sago dessert which he felt the taste was ordinarily average only.  And soon more people were joining us sitting at the "green patio" area.  
Ahh!! Life is good, except for areas that looked unpleasing
eg. the unsightly bucket, mop & similar seen here.
Besides hot and cold desserts, they serve a variety of snacking items too.  So its not all drinks, but eat too.  Didn't order any on that day.  Nevertheless, click here to know more about ZenQ Desserts and locations throughout Malaysia.
For more specific information about this branch / concept store itself: 
ZenQ Desserts Lintas Square
Lot 23 (DBKK 13-0), Ground Floor, Block C,
Lintas Square, 88300  Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Tel: 088-230 982
Operating hours: 11.30am - 11.30pm
So why not make yourself a trip there?  I would surely try out other varieties should I one day return.  For this, will need to depend on whenever dad and/or mom decide to savor, hopefully soon ;-).  Well, that's all I can say on this episode of my experience :-).
Oh ya, if you are wondering why my mom has not been blogging of recent, its because everyone is hogging the only notebook still functioning in the house.  The ones dad & I usually control broke down :-P  But pssst!!, tell you a secret, mommy is going to get her very own netbook soon. And according to her, it'll  be for her exclusive use & no more sharing.  Hooray!!  The existing one will be mine!!  I love you mom ♥ ♥
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** RM50,263.28.  This is mommy, biting her nails and gritting her teeth.  So near yet so far!! Almost bye-byeing the dominant 5!! Dominant 2, I'm moving closer to youuuuuuu........ focus, focus, focus!!
** To know my last balance, click here.

Saturday, 16 June 2012

I Can Now Smile Confidently

Telling you this is like letting the cat out of the sack.  Something that have been with me for a long long time and I was hiding away.  Yet my conscience was getting louder and louder, so loud that I finally pick up my courage and plunge down the building........... kidding, not the building, but meeting the DENTIST :-P.
I have great phobia when it comes to seeing one of them.  This profession is no doubt, professionals in their field, but still the sound of their dental tools drilling and etching on my precious teeth while hands/fingers inside my mouth with myself lying helplessly on their dental chair?/bed? is sooooooo UNGLAMOROUS!!  Heck, terribly awful not shiok setting la.  BUT!!, its the consequences thereafter that counts.
So, jumping to the conclusion of this post, the brave in me made the leap and this is the end result:
Chio or not?? ^_^
For those who knew me, I have been suffering from this:
** Horrible discoloration - Pearly grey O.o
Reasons of discoloration can be anything from over consuming of coffee / tea, food colouring, poor dental hygiene, aging, smoking, expose of excessive flouride, metal existence in mouth such as fillings, genetic, & etc.  Those highlighted in bold were what I was suffering back then.  What's in my etc. list?  During my secondary school years, I was active in sports and had once suffered badly when an elbow was forced and accidentally hit bull's eye on my mouth.  Nothing major happened and the game continued on.  It was only later that uncomfortable symptoms were felt.  On top of that, I had gum bleeding when I was attending college.  But, discoloring was not really as bad then.
As time passes, with a suffered root canal tooth due for hideous discoloration, the aging factor was added for the rest of my pearlies.  Sigh, things became worst especially when I flip magazines seeing the Hollywood code of practice for amazing smiles.  SIGH!!  Felt really really bad la. "WHY ME?"  This was at end of last year.
Hence, since late last year, I have been embarking on a quest to attain better smile.  Some were quoting in thousands of ringgit and confusing procedures.  I'm not a complicated lady, I just want a simple answer.  My question was "Dr., please see my current condition and tell me whether I can attain whiter teeth?"  I didn't really care of the procedure as long as it does not burn a great big hole in my pocket & is not invasive with minimal damage to my healthy teeth.  YES, despite the colour, I am having real healthy & sturdy teeth that I could bite & tear a chunk of raw meat away from the bone............. kidding, kidding. :-)
I ended up convinced by this procedure called Everbrite.  I was made to understand it won't be as white, but it'll solve my discolored root canal-ed tooth.  This particular tooth is one of my bunny teeth, so you can imagine how much agony have I suffered with an imperfect smile.  If you are wondering, all my smiles in my previous posts were altered, teeth colored to an acceptable level.  There!!, that's the cat escaped from the sack!! Phew, letting the cat free, I am also one action lesser in altering my photos.
And now, I present to you the truthful Vkitty and her new found brilliant smiles:

The procedure took 1½ hours.  It was painful, but bearable.  I have great tolerance for pain.  I have afterall, delivered 2 babies.  NO PAIN IS COMPARABLE TO THE AFFLICTION OF GIVING BIRTH.  My apologies, I have to emphasize that.  Without a doubt, hands down, the dang-est pain in my life was labouring to see my babies. 
The whitening procedure is nonetheless, painful enough allowing myself shedding a tear.  Totally not what the Dr. mentioned of when I consulted him.  My kitty claws were gripping tight onto the chair?/bed? and at times, fist up ready to bash the person next to me........... kidding, kidding, kidding. ;-)
Well, that's all I can express about the procedure.  Its simple, non abrasive and fast.  I am happy with the result, nonetheless falling short of satisfaction.  But the Dr. welcomes me to see him again for further treatment/procedure in enhancing the whiteness.  But after that pain, I guess I need time to recuperate physically and mentally.  Gum was sore and pain killers were needed. 
Maybe I'll consider during my next 6 months check-up, with deliberation on the depth of my pocket & whether there are any other "more friendly" solution. O.o
By the way, depending on your lifestyle, Everbrite may or may not last. 
** photos in blue bb-T, courtesy of AngelBear

Saturday, 2 June 2012

The Triple Launch Party by Carlsberg

Beary said I drink like him.  Whatever amount of beer he takes, I match his.  His admiration of my macho-ness while guzzling down glasses and glasses of beer got him stamped his approval as a potential life partner.  And that's how I got hitched & became a wife. WTF!
So when I heard of this invitation to blog about beer, there were sparkles in my eyes.  We are in the mid of our hot & dry season, so hot that I wondered how our Unduk Ngadau ladies could maintain their composure.  Ever graceful and steady, my RESPECT ♥ to ya girls.
A refreshing thirst quencher would be heavenly right at this moment.  To witness a launching ceremony accompanied by these drinks, its party Party PARTY!!
There were 3 significant programmes on that night: 
1) Introducing the new, modern, contemporary packaging of Carlsberg quart bottle ~ The global relaunch of Carlsberg took place across 140 markets worldwide since April last year.  And now its extended to East Malaysia aligned with its global brand revamp effort whilst embracing its new tagline "That Calls for a Carlsberg".  The new positioning calls for a brand that's VIBRANT, contemporary, young, 'cool', inspirational, bold and modern and is anchored on the rich heritage of the brewery as well as its quality. 
Carlsberg girls with their big bottles

The big bottles cast within an ice sculpture

Mr. Soren Ravn, Managing Director of Carlsberg Malaysia giving his opening remark

The launching of the quart sized bottle.  Seeing here with the local distributor representative
The programme was immediately followed by the launching of the KK Jazz Festival 2012.
2) Carlsberg & Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival 2012 (KKJF) ~ Carlsberg has been a regular supporter of KKJF since year 2010.  This festival brings together a musical melting pot of talents from around the world and is now a signature event in the Sabah's annual calendar of events whilst as a key component of the Kota Kinabalu Arts Festival.  Over the years, KKJF has grown from a 1 night concert into a 2 day event with a series of fringe stages, workshops and talent search.   
Carlsberg gladly announced its continued partnership with this highly anticipated KKJF as the official beer sponsor for the 3rd consecutive year.
Mr. Jack Ong, President of KKJF, presenting a souvenir to Mr. Soren Ravn, 
marking the official launch of the event
Last but not least, the final highlight of the night:
3)  Launching of the Asahi Super Dry ~ Latest family member of Carlsberg Malaysia, Asahi Super Dry caters for the premium beer segment.  Brewed in a unique Karakuchi method, this No. 1 Japanese beer gives a clean, crisp and refreshing taste with no bitterness.  The launching made was in view of the recent agreement signed with Asahi Breweries Ltd (ABL), where the rights to locally manufacture, sell & distribute the Asahi Super Dry by Carlsberg Malaysia's brewery in Shah Alam.
All in all, I think I've covered the "ingredients" of the launching.  So much info to cover, yet it did not dampen the fun factor.  It was a Blast-ful night of laughters, music & socializing!!   
Okay la, I'll add some random pics that I took, just to show you how fabulous can one gain from covering such events:
The crowd.  See the guy with a hat?  Wait, I'll tell you more later.....

The bar with its endless supply of beer

Tadah!!  That's me.  So brave ah me, despite being an obasan. LOL.

Our forever never empty glasses.....

...... & now you know why they're never empty!!!

Rungitom & the guy with the hat again...... (wait-wait.  I'll tell you soon)

OMG! Is this cool or what?  The MD giving a rap no.!!

 Don't know this guy..... LOL, I know la, he's the PR for Carlsberg ;-)

Met Charlotte Fong.  Having our Asahi.

Haiya this Rungitom. No signal one when taking pic.

They call this the ELECTRIFYING dance performance

With Carrie the dazzling emcee & Charlotte

Carrie in action

TADAH!! Appy in da haus.  Latest talent in town.  Sold off all his EP release within days!

More jazzy songs serenading the night away
I'm glad I made it to this event as besides meeting new people, I found out that Carlsberg had in the past 2 months, won numerous awards.  To name them:
~ Won Gold at the Putra Brand Award for 3 consecutive years
~ Best Brand in F&B catergory of the Brand Laureate Awards 2011/2012
~ Most Trusted Brand Award by the Reader's Digest Award for the 14th time
One other celebrated award by Carlsberg Malaysia itself is the JBR's 2011 brand re-launch award, received at the recent Carlsberg Leadership Conference Gala Dinner in Rome.  
My door gift : The beer of choice for the EURO 2012 Football Championship 
I have also build an appreciation to jazz music and can't wait for the KKJF on the 15 & 16 June 2012.  It will be held at the covered tennis court of the Sutera Harbour Marina, Golf & Country Club.  Tickets are available for sale now.  
Visit the KKJF website for more info, ya. 
Thank you for extending this awesome fun party invite.  Mucho gracias!! *Muah!!